Scientific Support for Performance




La performance sportive exprime les possibilités maximales d'un individu dans une discipline à un moment donné de son développement.

Vladimir Nikolaevich Platonov (1988)

La capacité de performance sportive représente le degré d'amélioration possible d'une certaine activité motrice sportive et, s'inscrivant dans un cadre complexe, elle est conditionnée par une pluralité de facteurs spécifiques.

Jürgen Weineck (1997)


From coach - researcher - athlete collective thinking

The goal is to bring transfer the latest scientific knowledge to coaches so that they can make informed decisions to transform the practice of elite athletes.

  • Identify a questioning, a problem, affecting sports performance.
  • Formalize a problem shared with the coach.
  • Identify protocols to be implemented, adapted solutions.
  • Collect data useful to improve the understanding of performance.
  • Analyze and interpret the data collected.
  • Apply a "scientific filter" to data analysis.
  • Share and transfer information in a simplified and adapted form.
  • Cross-referencing data from different areas of performance.
  • Create decision-making tools dedicated to staff members.
  • Assess the impact on performance.


To carry out an ASP action, the members of the SEP laboratory identify, with the members of the sports federations (DTN, scientific referents, coaches, athletes, ...), the restraints to performance in order to bring out needs. With their scientific expertise, the members of the SEP laboratory propose to implement fast-track available solutions.

The main objective of the identification of needs is to translate an on-field issue into a scientific question. The efficiency of the work done in ASP depends on 2 major points :

  • The impact of the proposed solutions on practice and/or performance ;
  • The satisfaction of athletes, coaches or other members of sports federations regarding the proposed solution.